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INSIDE ILLINOIS, Nov. 5, 2009              [ Email | Share ]

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agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences

Tom R. Carr, a professor of animal sciences, has been named 2009 Boss of the Year by the Secretariat. He was nominated by Fran McDowell, an office support associate. Carr received a certificate and his name was inscribed on a traveling plaque for display until next year.

Meghan Smith, an information technology support specialist in the ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, received the Outstanding Staff Award from the Dads Association. Smith provides critical hardware and software support and is in charge of the inventory system for the multi-lab computing facility. In addition, she monitors and schedules use of individual instructional labs for classes and other events, and provides hardware, software and audio-visual support for the conference spaces. The Certificate of Merit awards will be presented at the association’s annual banquet Nov. 13. Also recognized were a student and a registered student organization.

biomedical sciences

Lawrence B. Schook, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor and director of the Division of Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant and will be a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the department of genetics and general biology in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, from March to June 2010. He will assist in the development of a new integrated cell biology course, “Evolutionary and Developmental Genomics of Host Responsiveness and Regeneration,” which combines the principles of genomics, stem cell biology and host defense mechanisms. During that time, he also will develop a scholarly book on the subject.


Larry DeBrock, dean of the College of Business, will be honored as the inaugural Josef and Margot Lakonishok endowed dean in the College of Business at a Nov. 13 investiture ceremony hosted by interim provost Robert Easter. DeBrock, a professor of economics and business administration, joined the UI faculty in 1979 and became the ninth dean of the business school in May. His research focuses on health economics, industrial organization and labor market issues, and has been published in a host of academic journals. DeBrock’s investiture will be at 3 p.m. in Deloitte Auditorium at the Business Instructional Facility.

UI finance professor Don Fullerton will be the keynote speaker at a Nov. 30 global warming conference for European Union tax commissioners in Brussels. Fullerton, an expert on the economic impact of environmental regulations, will outline cost-effective options to reduce carbon emissions as the 27-nation alliance prepares for December talks in Copenhagen on a new global climate treaty.

A former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, Fullerton was invited to speak at the conference in Belgium after analyzing climate policy options at an Oct. 2 meeting of EU finance ministers in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The follow-up conference will allow EU officials “to discuss this important and highly relevant subject in a very timely moment of the run up to the international climate change conference in Copenhagen,” said Alexander Wiedow, the director of indirect taxation and tax administration at the European Commission.

 Fullerton, a researcher for the UI Center for Business and Public Policy and for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, also will lead a panel discussion at the Brussels conference, expected to draw about 500 policy makers and stakeholders from across Europe who will ultimately design and implement carbon-reducing policies.



Stephen Boppart, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the 2009 recipient of the Optical Society of America’s Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award. Boppart was recognized for his contributions to advancing and encouraging undergraduate research. Students in his group are asked to spend at least two semesters working on an undergraduate thesis; some students have stayed as long as three years. Undergraduates work with graduate students and postdoctoral students, and many students will present their projects at symposiums on campus or at regional conferences.

Chia-Fon Lee, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, has been elected a fellow in the Society of Automotive Engineers International. Lee’s research was instrumental to the UI’s designation as a U.S. Department of Energy Graduate Automotive Technology Education Center of Excellence on Advanced Automotive Biofuel Combustion Engines, which Lee has directed since 2005. He is one of 23 newly elected fellows who will be recognized in April at the SAE 2010 World Congress in Detroit.

David Pines, a research professor of physics and a professor emeritus of physics and of electrical and computer engineering in the Center for Advanced Study, has been awarded the 2009 John Bardeen Prize for Superconductivity Theory. The prize, which recognizes theoretical work that has provided significant insights on the nature of superconductivity and has led to verifiable predictions, is awarded triennially by the international superconductivity research community. He received the award Sept. 9 at the ninth International Conference on Materials and Mechanisms in Superconductivity in Tokyo.

Junho Song, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded  the Junior Research Prize in the area of System Reliability and Optimization by the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability.

Charles J. Werth, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been chosen as one of 49 of the nation’s brightest young engineering researchers and educators selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s first Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium Nov. 15-18. Engineering faculty members in the first half of their careers who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of disciplines will come together to share ideas, learn from research and best practices in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement at their home institution.


liberal arts and sciences

Paul Garber, a professor of anthropology, was one of 29 animal conservationists nominated to receive the 2010 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Garber was nominated for dedicating more than 30 years to the conservation of monkeys in Latin America.  He was instrumental in creating research field stations in Nicaragua and Costa Rica that yielded information on the ecology and behavior of regional primates and their habitats. He also was one of the first primatologists to study tamarins in the Amazon. In addition to the $100,000 prize, Garber will receive the Lilly Medal, an original work of art that signifies his contributions to conserving some of the world’s most threatened animals.

Benita Katzenellenbogen, a Swanlund Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and of Cell and Developmental Biology, was awarded the 2009 Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in basic science and clinical research for her work investigating breast cancer treatments. This is the highest award of merit given by the nation’s leading breast cancer advocacy organization. She will deliver a keynote speech at the 32nd annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and receive a cash award of $25,000.

library and information science 

Valerie Hotchkiss, head of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library and a professor of medieval studies, of religious studies and of library science, was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society senate. The decision was made Oct. 3 at the society’s 42nd Triennial Council in Austin, Texas. Hotchkiss will serve a six-year term. The society is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Hotchkiss also is the director of the Midwest Book and Manuscript Studies Program at Illinois.


veterinary medicine

Jodi Matheson, imaging specialist, recently earned diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Radiology, meaning she has undergone advanced training in a radiology residency program and has passed the ACVR board certification examination.

Pamela Wilkins, a section head of equine medicine and surgery and a professor of veterinary clinical medicine, was named the first recipient of the inaugural Intervet/Schering-Plough International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Equine Educator Award. This award was created to honor those who have made major contributions to the equine program at the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium.

Faculty and staff members and students were honored for excellence in service and for lifetime commitment to each of their fields at the College of Veterinary Medicine’s fall awards celebration Sept. 23.  Among those honored:

Avery Bennett, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine, received the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of an instructor who presents material with enthusiasm, dedication, clarity and creativity.

Jodi Flaws, a professor of veterinary biosciences, received the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence. The award is presented to a current faculty member conducting research that has attained or shows promise of attaining national recognition.

Ralph Hamor, a clinical associate professor and the service head of the department of ophthalmology, received the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Service Excellence Award in recognition of a faculty member’s outstanding committee work, clinical service and continuing education.

Kerry Helms, coordinator of graphic design at the college, received the Mr. Terry and Mrs. Judy Rathgeber Academic Professional Excellence Award for outstanding performance by an academic professional staff member.

Carla Manuel, an administrative aide in the department of veterinary biosciences, received the Robert and Lucy Graham Staff Excellence Award in recognition of a staff employee who has made significant contributions to the college.

Kelly Pound, an account technician, received the Shirley Seets Award for Staff Excellence for demonstrated excellence in job performance and service.

Humphrey Yao, a professor of veterinary biosciences, received the Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Research Excellence Award in recognition of a researcher’s published body of work, research awards and outside recognition of published works.


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